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Traumatic Childhood May Increase the Risk of Drug Addiction
Science Daily ^ | 8/31/2012 | Science Daily

Posted on 09/02/2012 8:25:23 PM PDT by TedAdamson

ScienceDaily (Aug. 31, 2012) — Previous research has shown that personality traits such as impulsivity or compulsiveness are indicators of an increased risk of addiction. Now, new research from the University of Cambridge suggests that these impulsive and compulsive personality traits are also associated with a traumatic upbringing during childhood. The study was published August 31, in the journal American Journal *************************************** This is what I have been saying for several years now, and Science is coming around to the same point of view. I discuss this as well as the cure in my book "Up From Down" which is available free as an ebook at the present time at www.upfromdown.info A must read for those who have family members suffering from addiction.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: addiction; childhood; psychology
ScienceDaily (Aug. 31, 2012) — Previous research has shown that personality traits such as impulsivity or compulsiveness are indicators of an increased risk of addiction. Now, new research from the University of Cambridge suggests that these impulsive and compulsive personality traits are also associated with a traumatic upbringing during childhood. The study was published August 31, in the journal American Journal

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This is what I have been saying for several years now, and Science is coming around to the same point of view.

I discuss this as well as the cure in my book "Up From Down" which is available free as an ebook at the present time at www.upfromdown.info

A must read for those who have family members suffering

1 posted on 09/02/2012 8:25:31 PM PDT by TedAdamson
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To: TedAdamson

Mark for later


2 posted on 09/02/2012 8:41:02 PM PDT by Blackirish
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To: TedAdamson

May?


3 posted on 09/02/2012 8:47:23 PM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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Doh!


4 posted on 09/02/2012 8:47:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TedAdamson
Ya think?


5 posted on 09/02/2012 8:49:02 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama does not have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: TruthWillWin

And it just as often MAY not.


6 posted on 09/02/2012 8:52:47 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: TedAdamson
Is the bear Italian?


7 posted on 09/02/2012 8:53:29 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: TedAdamson

"You don't say!"

8 posted on 09/02/2012 8:56:16 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: TedAdamson

This is “news”? Honestly, who doesn’t know that a crappy childhood can lead to drug addiction? I don’t believe this is new information unless you’ve been living under a rock.


9 posted on 09/02/2012 8:59:00 PM PDT by Technical Editor
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To: TedAdamson

Can’t think of a bigger trauma than having two dads...


10 posted on 09/02/2012 9:08:26 PM PDT by SAR
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To: TedAdamson

I’m sorry. I don’t buy the “traumatic upbringing” meme.

You can take siblings from the same family with the same trauma in their childhoods and not all react in the same way.

I think it has more to do with the sensitivity of the individual and how they percieve themselves. And of course..the “it’s all about me” syndrome.


11 posted on 09/02/2012 9:14:32 PM PDT by berdie
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To: berdie

Altered perception of risk, lack of coping skills.

In other news, water is wet.


12 posted on 09/02/2012 9:21:43 PM PDT by rusty millet
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To: TedAdamson
Schools and teachers often set them up for addiction. In kindergarten and 1st grade, too many lazy teachers claim the kid has learning disabilities / disorders for acting up or sleeping in class. (THAT'S WHAT KIDS DO !!!!! THEY'RE KIDS !!!) The teacher sends them to the school district shrink who pronounces them borderline insane. Tells the parents the kid needs such-and-such drugs or they will never learn and amount to anything. Stupid parents don't question it...just assume the union genius' know what they're talking about.

POOF...problem solved. Teacher goes back to doing nothing but making strike threats....principal gets promoted to a high-paying do-nothing job downtown....district shrink writes a book on child behavior and, the poor kid who just wants to be a kid is turned into a drugged zombie and doesn't learn shit !!!! But, he's a future prospect for the pusher standing across the street from the school yard.

13 posted on 09/02/2012 9:26:03 PM PDT by jmax (Full mag inserted, round in chamber, hammer is back...safety is OFF.)
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To: TedAdamson

bleeech..... Your understanding of drug addiction is very limited. This kind of science can convince you that bad toilet training causes traumatic response that willmcause addiction to drugs or alcohol....nice try but not.


14 posted on 09/02/2012 11:09:29 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Technical Editor

actually using drugs leads to drug addiction


15 posted on 09/02/2012 11:10:14 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: TedAdamson

While this seems intuitive, the effects on children of a violent and unpredictable home life can be stark. I had an inlaw who was a truly horrible man and his wife was no better. In his last years of a fortunately short life, I had to threaten his life to stop his abuse of his parents. His children were the biggest tragedy. The girl is a lesbian and fearful of all men. She works as a bookeeper but can barely communicate with strangers. The boy has followed his father’s example with drugs but is an extreme introvert numbing his days with heroin. Neither has seen their mother in years. We have been able to maintain contact but are unable to actually help, the damage was too severe.


16 posted on 09/02/2012 11:14:47 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: jmax
Pretty interesting premise.And most likely on the mark.

I don't blame it all on the teachers. I blame the parents.

No doubt some kids have some kind of psychological problems. But it has become convenient to give kids drugs to control their behavior. My niece in law and her classmates, at one point, bragged about what designer drugs they were on. She has had to go cold turkey and control her own behavior with parental guidance.

It seems to be working...today at least.

17 posted on 09/02/2012 11:28:19 PM PDT by berdie
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To: TedAdamson

bookmark


18 posted on 09/03/2012 12:20:08 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: berdie

Trauma may be emotional, subtle and not doled out equally. One child may be designated the *goat* and the other sibs may be inculcated into this division by being relatively favored and being taught that all familial problems are the fault of the goat.

Once the goat is effectively isolated, of course, the other siblings may realize where the true fault lies, especially as the abuser(s) will usually move on to the next designated victim. However, individual sensitivity may be a result, not just a pre-existing condition or cause.

Obsessive-compulsive behavior,risk-taking, addiction, bi-polar disease can all take several different forms. There are high-achieving people who have survived these dysfunctional families while still having *hidden* outcomes. Some have other people, from family members to other role models to eventual spouses who can help even the more damaged people cope, if not completely overcome. Others learn to love and value themselves, anyway. Many simply gut it out and no one outside the family ever really knows what happened. The “it’s all about me” syndrome can actually originate as a coping mechanism.

BTW, addiction is not just drug-related. Gambling, eating disorders, over-spending or consistently choosing destructive friends/partners can all be addictive behaviors. Exercise, sports, and a drive to achieve can be addictions usually regarded as beneficial, while being evidence of similar childhood trauma. Many victims will turn to music, theater or art, often in a compulsive manner.

The article is simplistic. Everything exists as a spectrum or continuum and many pathologies can co-exist in the same person to different degrees. Like many genetic sortings, some percentage of people in the same family may be more immune or capable of resisting the effects of childhood trauma.

I have just described my own extended birth family. The damage can be survived, but it never completely disappears. With age, one can gain some insight, especially if the parent(s) live long enough that they reveal themselves to the world by continuing their behavior outside the family. I believe there are genetic predispositions to all of these behaviors on all sides. They can often be tracked generationally. Also, within each generation, some people will be born who carry the original defect in the form of some congenital condition, such as sociopathy or schizophrenia. Some of the worst outcomes may be due to two differently damaged people having children together and passing on combinations of problems.

It is complicated.


19 posted on 09/03/2012 6:27:10 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: TedAdamson

I won’t dismiss the effects of a poor upbringing, but might impulsive and compulsive people have had impulsive and compulsive parents as well—who likely would have raised children in a chaotic environment?


20 posted on 09/03/2012 6:44:42 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: TedAdamson

Interesting article. I have to disagree with it. There are many examples of people without trauma in their lives that have turned to drugs and on the flip side of the coin, there are many people who had a very traumatic childhood who have never touched drugs.

It’s a matter of personal strength. If you have it, you don’t need drugs, if you don’t have it, you need a crutch. Same goes for crime. To paraphrase William Johnstone... Some people are just born punks. They’ll always be punks, and they’ll die as punks. Same for dope heads.


21 posted on 09/03/2012 6:58:41 AM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: Nifster

Of course, your entitled to your opinion, but it is not an enlightened one.

Its not the science that convinced me that trauma is the root of addiction in many cases. I have known that for years. I lived it. That is why I wrote my book.

I can tell you that for the most part treatment professionals do not understand the traumatic roots of addiction or what to do about. They are stuck in a false “disease model” and erroneous ideas about a “brain disease”. It is a spiritual war and nothing less than that.


22 posted on 09/03/2012 12:25:55 PM PDT by TedAdamson
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To: Blackirish

For those interested in learning more, there is some good stuff on my website regarding trauma and addiction. See the tab labeled Post Traumatic Stress.

www.upfromdown.info


23 posted on 09/03/2012 12:48:14 PM PDT by TedAdamson
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To: TedAdamson

Your personal experience is not that different than the stories that any junkie or alcoholic tell. When they actual get involved in their own life and do the work that is required in the midst of all their history they will gladly tell the fools out their that it is not BECAUSE of their childhoods or anything else that they are drunks and junkies.

the fact that you are pimping your own book suggests that you still have grandiose thinking which tells me that you are still in victim mode.

You are looking for someone else to co-sign your b.s. Don’t expect it from me.

And since you know nothing of my childhood or my life today you can keep your opinion to yourself. I do not need to be ‘enlightened’ by a victim who continues to be victimized.


24 posted on 09/03/2012 2:28:37 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

Pimping?

No. Promoting yes. But then again you don’t have the desire to be fair and accurate, do you?


25 posted on 09/03/2012 5:44:51 PM PDT by TedAdamson
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To: TedAdamson
yup pimping. The Doctor's opinion is very clear....Men and women drink (and use) because they like the effect produced by alcohol (and drugs)...The parentheticals are mine. You are a victim living in victim hood. Your drug use was simply because you chose that way to deal with whatever

Read a book called It and see what happens to a young man whose childhood was horrific beyond all comparison. And then read the follow up to it that tells you where that man is today. That is impressive

26 posted on 09/03/2012 6:27:46 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

Doctor’s opinion? You must be an AA and subscribe to the false belief that drinkng is a disease.


27 posted on 09/03/2012 7:10:49 PM PDT by TedAdamson
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To: Nifster

Doctor’s opinion? You must be an AA and subscribe to the false belief that drinkng is a disease.


28 posted on 09/03/2012 7:10:50 PM PDT by TedAdamson
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To: Nifster

Doctor’s opinion? You must be an AA and subscribe to the false belief that drinkng is a disease.


29 posted on 09/03/2012 7:10:52 PM PDT by TedAdamson
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To: Nifster

Doctor’s opinion? You must be an AA and subscribe to the false belief that drinkng is a disease.


30 posted on 09/03/2012 7:11:05 PM PDT by TedAdamson
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To: Nifster

Doctor’s opinion? You must be an AA and subscribe to the false belief that drinkng is a disease.


31 posted on 09/03/2012 7:11:05 PM PDT by TedAdamson
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To: TedAdamson

Nice going you posted that silliness four times in a row.

You live in your victimhood. Enjoy yourself


32 posted on 09/03/2012 7:23:04 PM PDT by Nifster
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“You live in victimhood”

You don’t even know me! Yet you judge me.

The truth of the matter is that I was a victim, and also a victimizer. Victims frequently become like what they hate.

Most reasonable people would say someone who has been molested by a priest, beaten by a parent, or robbed at gunpoint was a victim. The secret is in learning how to overcome those things. I have. That is not victimhood; it is freedom. Freedom thru forgiveness.

So, I do enjoy myself.


33 posted on 09/04/2012 8:01:33 AM PDT by TedAdamson
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To: TedAdamson

Go back to pimping your book


34 posted on 09/04/2012 9:08:46 AM PDT by Nifster
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